Came across this yummy treat today. The pictures just make my mouth water. this is a perfect Sunday morning accompaniment to my coffee as I sit and watch my fav Sunday shows like CBS Sunday Morning and Meet The Press.
They are technically not cupcakes but something called Financiers. According to the Joy of Baking website, “Financiers (pronounced fee-nahng-syehr) are lovely French tea cakes, that also go by the name Friands, which aptly means “dainty” or “tasty”. Take a bite and you will be rewarded with the delicious flavor of caramelized butter and toasted almonds. … [they]were first made in the late 19th century by a pastry chef whose shop was close to the Paris Stock Exchange. The location of his shop must have been influenced him as originally Financiers were baked in rectangular molds that were said to resemble bars of gold. Today you will find them baked in many shapes, including these boat shaped tart molds, or even in small muffin tins. … Financiers start with a batter made by simply stirring together flour, toasted ground almonds, and powdered sugar with lightly beaten egg whites, vanilla extract and brown butter (beurre noisette). … The other unusual ingredient used to make Financiers is almond flour (meal) which is just blanched almonds that have been finely ground.”
This blogger’s site has more gorgeous food pics and I’m sure tons of yummy recipes as well.
reblogged from Cherry on a Cake: CHERRY CUPCAKE FINANCIERS